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Nitrogen Reliance: An Industrial Opportunity Too Good to Pass Up
There is no greater luck than having so much of something so useful.
Nitrogen is a colourless, odourless gas that constitutes 78 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is essential to the existence of life on the planet, especially for plants. In fact, the Royal Society of Chemistry even assigned a ‘wheat sheaf and lightning’ symbol to nitrogen, because of its importance to living things.
At Air Energy, we make use of nitrogen’s less biological functions, of which there are plenty. We supply and install nitrogen generators for various companies in various industries. If you want to get an idea of how much nitrogen plays into the products and services you use every single day, just refer to the following list:
Nitrogen in construction
Stainless steel is a standard material not only for buildings but also many other products. To manufacture stronger, more corrosion-resistant stainless steel, companies incorporate nitrogen to the manufacturing processes they use.
Nitrogen is widely used in lasers and laser cutting by industry
Nitrogen is used in case hardening of steel by nitriding
Nitrogen is used in fire suppression equipment
Nitrogen is used for inflating aircraft and race car tyres
Nitrogen in electronics
From diodes to transistors to integrated circuits, nitrogen is involved in the creation of various electrical components.
Nitrogen in explosives
Nitrogen may be harmless by itself, but companies can use it to produce a variety of unstable and highly reactive compounds such as nitrogen triiodide, ammonium nitrate, trinitrotoluene (TNT), nitric acid, and nitro-glycerine.
Nitrogen in fertilisers
Given nitrogen’s aforementioned role in plant growth, it is no surprise that farmers resorted to enriching their fertilisers with nitrogen to further increase their yield.
Nitrogen in foods
Those nitrogen-dependent plants are not the versatile element’s only way to your plate. Nitrogen is important in keeping packaged foods fresh, delaying rancidity and other forms of damage due to oxygen exposure.
Nitrogen in light bulbs
Argon is no longer the element of choice when it comes to manufacturing light bulbs. At some point along the way, companies discovered nitrogen as the superior, inexpensive substitute.
Nitrogen in pharmaceuticals
Most of today’s medicines including antibiotics contain some amount of nitrogen. You are also probably familiar with nitrous oxide, an anaesthetic agent dentists commonly use.
Air Energy supplies nitrogen generators along with a comprehensive range of pumps, compressed air equipment and industrial pipework. Contact us to learn more.